Many pictures dispense interpretation. Most tragedies could do without another opinion. The nation is transfixed with the unforgivable string of killings of unarmed black youth by those assigned to protect them. Grief has boiled over, calls for justice are once again being heard.
Will the death of Freddie Gray Jr. suffice for us to go from indignation to effective legislative action? Or is Baltimore only the last stop in this tragic journey of blood through the streets of America? Are we really ready to forget this one too? Are we really ready to go on?
It’s too much sorrow, too many mothers and relatives mourning the violence that seems directed at one particularly underprivileged, and often ignored, segment of the population. Thus, this picture and how we may choose to interpret it, so we can get some sleep tonight.
Not another young black man being chased by a platoon of armed, and armored, policemen, but an unsuspected leader of a new charge for change, and a new day for racial equality in the U.S. (more)
* Curtain Raiser
Time’s ripe to stop playing the cops and start showing compassion for the innocent.
We can always imagine all the people living for today, a brotherhood of man, and all those nice feelings. But as a nation, we’ll be worthless if we’re to allow this to continue one more day. For either we share this world as equals, or life is simply not possible for the majority.
History cannot be repeated so many times like that. But so it happens that in the week of the 23rd anniversary of the acquittal of officers caught on a video beating Rodney King to submission, we again lack confidence in the conclusion of an official probe on Gray’s death.
We must trust due process and legality and everything that guarantees our right to live peacefully in society, but as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once wrote, ‘law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice, and when they fail in this purpose, they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.‘
(*) Originally published on April 29, 2015.